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Kristin Booker • May 27, 2011

Designer Drama: Lost Art – Source of Inspiration or Ripped Off By Roberto Cavalli?

I have to say that as someone who considers myself an artist, nothing is more invasive and upsetting than someone stealing your work. Sure, we all take a great amount of joy in influencing the creative juices of others, but when your work is lifted and passed off as someone else’s, it’s an assault on your business, your person and it makes you feel very angry and dirty. When that company is bigger than yours and it picks on the little guy thinking you’ll never find out, it’s even worse.

I’ve been a fan of the leather clothing and accessories company Lost Art for years. The designer has crafted some of the coolest leather goods for rock stars like Lenny Kravitz, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon Jovi for years as well as private citizens alike and I really, REALLY admire his work. As a matter of fact, my goal is to have a pair of leather pants by this guy. Imagine my surprise when I was given photographs showing side by side comparisons of  his works next to another international powerhouse designer, Roberto Cavalli. Lost Art’s work came first, people. Let’s remember that as we look through the photographs.

Can we blame outright copyright infringement? That’s not for me to say but they look AWFULLY familiar, don’t they? One would hope this is simply a case of similar aesthetics. After all, both designers are talented in their own right and Cavalli’s so much bigger as a company. Why would they feel the need to be “influenced” by a smaller name?

I’ll let you make the call.

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